Clare's bad fortune was Tipperary's lucky break
Published 03/08/2016 | 02:30
Spare a thought for Colm Collins and the Clare footballers, who must feel as if they had the winning Lotto numbers in their heads - only to have the last slip snatched from them before they could fill it in.
If Derry, who led by a point late on, had held out against Tipperary in the qualifier last Saturday week, Clare would have played Galway rather than Kerry in the quarter-final. Based on Clare's and Tipperary's results against Kerry this summer, there's little between the Banner and the Premier.
That made it all the more painful for Clare as they watched Tipp win last Sunday.
Given the awful performance by Galway, it's highly likely that Clare would have beaten them too.
At least Galway still have the senior, minor and U-21 hurlers and minor footballers in the All-Ireland race, unlike Cork whose season is over in all grades. Their U-21 footballers were the only team to lift the gloom, winning the Munster title.
Other than that, Cork's senior, minor and U-21 hurlers, senior and minor footballers won only three Munster championship games between them.
It's all very different in Kilkenny, who are busy preparing for Sunday's All-Ireland hurling semi-final.
First though, the players who are members of the Kilkenny Hurlers' Syndicate are looking forward to some action at the local greyhound stadium on Friday night when their dog, Cats Belle, runs.
Apparently, it will be a quick dash from training to the track to see how 'Belle' fares.